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‘Don’t further infuriate us’: Tweeps not pleased with Nando’s response

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Oct 23, 2021

Fast food company Nando’s responded to the viral clip of Gareth Cliff’s “racist” remark on a platform that they sponsored, via a tweet on Friday 22 October. However, Tweeps are not pleased with their response.

THE VIRAL CLIP OF GARETH CLIFF

Nando’s hosted a heated conversation titled The Burning Platform: OneSA vs The DA between — radio personality Gareth Cliff, one of South Africa’s national spokeswoman Mudzuli Rakhivhane and federal leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) John Steenhuisen.

The conversation was meant to see the panelists discuss their thoughts on coalitions, the upcoming elections and their stance on racial issues in South Africa. However, Cliff and Rakhivhane got into an argument over whether service delivery is a smaller issue than race baiting. Cliff then made a few comments which Tweeps found “racist”.

“Your personal experiences are completely anecdotal and unimportant to all of us, sorry,” said Cliff to Rakhivhane.

“Thank you! I appreciate the fact that you think the experiences of a black woman in this country is unimportant and irrelevant,” she continued.

“Mudzuli I am not interested in identity politics at all, nobody really is. They are only interested in themselves, what they can get out of this,” he added.

ALSO READ: ‘South Africa’s favourite racist’: Gareth Cliff trending after viral clip [watch]

WATCH THE CLIP HERE

When they try to talk over you and tell you that your experiences as a black woman in South Africa do not matter. Racism is structural and even operates at a municipal level. The literal definition of black lives don’t matter. pic.twitter.com/i2KcVzjcCd

— Mudzuli Rakhivhane (@mudzy_r) October 22, 2021

NANDO’S RESPONDS TO THE CLIP

After Tweeps decided to boycott the fast food outlet, Nando’s responded saying that they are aware of the exchange that took place between panelists and they take “freedom of speech” very seriously.

“We know that you know what happened in the exchange between the panelists on The Burning Platform on 21st October 2021. We are a proudly South African brand that takes the right to freedom of speech very seriously. [1/2],” wrote Nando’s in a statement. 

We know that you know what happened in the exchange between the panelists on The Burning Platform on 21st October 2021. We are a proudly South African brand that takes the right to freedom of speech very seriously. [1/2]

— NandosSA (@NandosSA) October 22, 2021

“We do not, and will never, invalidate anyone’s experiences or condone racism in any form. We are taking this serious matter under review. [2/2],” the fast food outlet continues. 

We do not, and will never, invalidate anyone’s experiences or condone racism in any form. We are taking this serious matter under review. [2/2]

— NandosSA (@NandosSA) October 22, 2021

NANDO’S ‘FREEDOM OF SPEECH’ REMARK FURTHER INFURIATES TWEEPS

Tweeps were not pleased with Nando’s remark about taking “freedom of speech” seriously. They felt that this was saying Cliff was just exercising his freedom of speech.

“We are a proudly South African brand that takes freedom of speech very seriously”is that your way of saying Gareth Cliff was exercising his freedom of speech??

Give up guys. They’ll do nothing about it.

— S U N R I S E (@sheabutterhun) October 23, 2021

You have been sponsoring him since last year so don’t further infuriate us. Your chicken is kak anyway

— Tebza (@carlolinks) October 22, 2021

Mxm wasting time no white will be found guilty of anything Gareth will walk free and hold another debate again, people need to punish you guys for not supporting you most special blacks then you can enjoy the support of Madonsela and Gareth Cliff.

— Siya Mfundisi (@SiyaMfundisi) October 22, 2021

Bathi freedom of speech
Bo ramaka ba na ba di racist! pic.twitter.com/zByYXjxx8h

— Paseka Thejane (@Pascothejane) October 23, 2021

“[1/2]” Not @NandosSA saying racists have the right to freedom of speech pic.twitter.com/KtPWC5nKOw

— ChangeForTheBetter (@Dreamer_No_1) October 22, 2021

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